Backstage News On Chris Jericho Vs. Kenny Omega Who Came Up With The Idea


Jericho reportedly met and negotiated with NJPW in their New York office for several weeks and came to a deal. Meltzer noted that for now it is a one-shot deal.


Jericho and Omega had been feuding on social media over the past couple of weeks. Omega was on Jericho’s podcast, Talk Is Jericho, earlier this year and said that he had visioned his “Cleaner” character as being something similar to Jericho’s.

“When I was given the Kenny Omega, ‘The Cleaner’ gimmick I’m using now, that’s the thing What is ‘The Cleaner’, right? It was supposed to be, because of The Bullet Club, the bullets and guns, ‘The Cleaner’ was supposed to be sort of like an assassin gimmick, the guy that cleans up the murder cite or whatever it is after there’s a hit put on someone,” Omega told Jericho. “The idea they gave me, I was supposed to be like the dude from The Professional. They wanted me to be very silent, very cold. The way I had pictured it, because New Japan takes a lot of influence from WWE, the way they book things, the way they model their characters, it sort of felt like they wanted me to be like ‘Ringmaster’ Steve Austin where he had mouth pieces around him at all times, where he was more or less silent, and a very cold, calculated individual.

“I always pictured myself more like [Jericho], where, yes, I can wrestle, but also I can speak for myself. I have this original style that I want to show to the world. I don’t want to be kind of this beat down, bruise you up kind of dude and have Karl Anderson cut all my promos for me. I don’t want to have to do that.”

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